Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
At least that’s what my kids are singing. Me? Not so much. I don’t really appreciate the falling white stuff as much as they do.
Especially since just a couple weeks ago it was almost sixty degrees. Now we’re back in the single digits and freezing. And the white stuff is just a reminder that the groundhog was right. 😀
But, there’s something special about snow. And my kids were so excited to see it coming down again last week. They thought their winter stuff was finished until next winter, and getting to use it again felt amazing to them.
They bundled up, and headed out for an hour of fun and learning in the snow before coming in to warm up for breakfast.
They had a blast and didn’t even realize they were learning!
If your kids need a little winter inspiration, here are six fun activities for them to try. For each activity, I highlight a few of the many skills your child will be practicing while playing.
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1. Build a Snowman
I dare you to suggest this one without breaking into a certain song from Disney’s Frozen. You know the one. It was seriously stuck in my head all day!
Kids naturally seem drawn to creating things out of snow. Here’s what they’re learning while they build:
- Comparing sizes (the head should be smaller than the body after all!)
- Properties of snow (it’s cold, it’s white, it can stick together when packed if it’s the right kind of snow)
- Creativity (what will make a good nose? How can I pose my snowman?)
- Fine and Gross motor skill practice
- Motor planning (it’s not easy to balance while pushing around a big snowball!)
I think my kids made some especially cute snowmen. They love dressing them, which is another learning activity all by itself!
2. Shovel Some Snow
It’s amazing how fun this task is if you don’t have to do it. Just keeping a snow shovel accessible seems to call the kids’ names, especially my boys. Here’s a picture of my Jeffrey from a couple of years ago. He’s gotten a lot better at shoveling since then!
Shoveling helps kids practice important skills, like:
- Being considerate of others
- The angle to hold the shovel to get the greatest amount with each scoop
- Thinking through his actions (where should the snow go when he dumps it?)
- Gross motor skills
3. Color Some Snow
My kids love watching snow turn colors. And since a snow spray is easy to prepare, I don’t mind them doing it.
You just need an empty bottle, a few drops of food coloring, and water.
Mix the water and food coloring in your bottle. Then send your kids outside to color snow. You’ll probably need a bottle for everyone to avoid bickering. We like to make them all different colors and then they pass them back and forth.
While your kids are busy spraying, they’ll be learning more about:
- How water spreads as it sprays (which will change how they spray)
- The reaction between water and snow
- How colors dilute a bit when sprayed on a wet background
- Mixing colors together
They’ll also be practicing their fine motor skills as they use the spray bottle.
4. Go Sledding
It doesn’t take much of a hill to get a sled going. This is another winter favorite of my kids. Every year they spend hours carrying the sled up and down the “mountain” behind the house or the “field hill” out by the pasture.
Sledding teaches kids:
- How to judge risks and take appropriate ones
- A little bit about gravity
- A bit about the laws of motion
- Perseverance (because it’s hard work packing that sled all the way back to the top time after time!)
5. Draw with a Stick
The snow is their canvas, and a stick is their crayon. Writing and drawing in the fresh snow is fun!
Your child will be:
- Practicing forming letters
- Improving fine motor skills
- Judging size and proportions to get their picture or message to look just right
- Creating shapes
6. Use a Magnifying Glass
We have a couple of large magnifying glasses (aff. link) that are pretty kid friendly. They’re great for bringing outside and exploring.
Your child can spend time looking closely at the snowflakes. This is especially fun if they’re outside when the snow is actually falling.
They might even be able to catch some on black paper to check out more closely.
- That snowflakes are different from each other, but share similar properties
- How to compare tiny objects
- How things look different through a magnifying glass than through the eye
What are your kids’ favorite activities for learning in the snow?
I’d love you to share your favorites in the comments section. Do you still have snow where you are, or has it all melted?